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Alzheimer’s Research UK is looking for people living across Cardiff to help increase the number of orange collection tins placed throughout the area. Tey need passionate volunteers to help turn Cardiff orange by placing and maintaining collection tins in local shops and businesses such as newsagents, pubs, butchers, post offices, farm shops, chemists. And the more collection tins, the more money raised for vital dementia research. Tis is a flexible and simple volunteering opportunity that can work around the coordinator’s other commitments, while helping Alzheimer’s Research UK raise funds and awareness in the local




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community. Dementia affects almost 1mn people across the UK and is caused by physical brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding pioneering research across the UK to bring about the first life- changing treatment for the condition. Together we can make breakthroughs possible… Ceri Smith, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Regional Fundraising Officer for Wales said: “Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and today there are no survivors. But research can change that. Our scientists are already making incredible discoveries and with your support, we can turn those discoveries into life- changing preventions and treatments. “Tere are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, including over 4,000 people in Cardiff, and this number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025. “By helping to find new sites for our collection tins, emptying, counting and banking the donations every three months, Collection Tin Coordinators will be helping Alzheimer’s Research UK make research breakthroughs possible.” Anyone interested in this exciting and fulfilling role can contact Ceri on ceri.smith@ alzheimersresearchuk. org or by calling 07500 602675. She will be delighted to hear from new volunteers. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.


A sensory garden is a great addition to any space. Known to have great health benefits by providing a calm and relaxing environment, sensory gardens are designed to stimulate the five senses - sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. You don’t need a large space to make an impact - sensory spaces can be any size, ranging from a window box to a large open area. If you are planning or designing a sensory garden for someone with limited mobility then you should also consider ramps or sloped access paths plus raised beds and plants that are accessible for anyone in a wheelchair. Think about the sights, smells, textures, tastes and sounds you love and plant them into your garden... Sight - include flowers, leaves, berries, and grasses in your garden to create interest throughout the year. Sunflowers have bright and bold flowers and are fast growers. You could also plant Hydrangeas, as they produce large colourful blooms which are great to touch Smell – Honeysuckle will fill the air and lemon scented Geranium has crinkly leaves that smell of lemon when rubbed. There’s also the popular chocolate Cosmos, which smells like a chocolate-vanilla mixture and herbs such as Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint. Touch – a sensory garden can be full of different textures such as Lamb’s Ear which feels woolly and soft to the touch and silver Sage with large, silvery-white leaves covered in cotton wool like down. Ornamental grasses like Mexican Feather are also popular. Taste – there’s nothing better than picking and eating vegetables and fruit which you have grown yourself. Start with easy growers such as carrots, radishes, lettuces and tomatoes. Herbs and peas are also a safe bet along with edible flowers like Nasturtium and Marigold. Sound – easily created by planting Bamboo and ornamental grasses that rustle gently in the breeze. A water feature is great for birds and wildlife, and lets the soothing sounds of running water create a natural soundtrack. For a lot of gardeners, not just those with a sensory garden, October is a tidy-up month, getting plants and containers ready for winter but there are other jobs that need doing as well, as gardening experts will tell you ... Although we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It’s a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It’s also time to start preparing for early frosts.


Get more plants for free by saving seeds from your favourite plants. You can collect seeds from your garden and the wild, but make sure to label the seeds clearly so you know what they are next spring! It’s important to keep the lawn clear of fallen leaves as they can harbour disease and harm the grass. Rake up the leaves and put them in the compost bin, then apply a fertiliser. It’s important to choose an autumn mixture that boosts roots, rather than a spring one that promotes leafy growth. October is a good month for planting large trees and shrubs - it gives their roots time to get established before winter sets in. David Domoney, TV gardener and presenter

October’s the time for clearing up. Greenhouses, ponds, gutters and water butts may all need cleaning out, wooden garden furniture will need covering or storing for the winter and terracotta pots will need bringing inside. Plant bulbs for a colourful spring display. Try planting clumps of five or seven bulbs of the same variety through a border for a really effective display.

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National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at over 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit to view details of all the outlets that sell and accept them or call 0870 2408237 for more information. You can also buy them online.

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